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Monday, August 12, 2013

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

British model Kelly Brook holidaying in Istanbul & Bodrum
British model Kelly Brook holidaying in Istanbul & Bodrum/Daily Mail 2013

  1. A film is to be made for the first time to promote Turkey's 37 cultural highlights including those featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List, while underwater photographer Kerim Sabuncuoğlu aims to discover the mysterious beauty of the Turkish seas with his camera.
  2. There is such a thing as World War I tourism.
  3. The HotTug is the Netherlands' latest export, which is a hot tub that cruises on a river at the same time.
  4. US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she was the victim of racism during a recent visit to Switzerland.
  5. Reza Aslan, an academic promoting a biography of Jesus as a zealot, has become one of the latest obsessions online.
  6. The Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, England, is thought to be the largest of its kind in western Europe.
  7. While riots and street disorder have exposed the dark side of Belfast (which Northern Ireland's Chief Constable Matt Baggott described as "thuggery"), the World Police and Fire Games have shown that there is more love than hate in the city.
  8. The UK's first Ginger Pride Walk was held in Edinburgh. Red hair is the result of a mutation in the MC1R protein on chromosome-16.
  9. A microscope can be made from a webcam, while ecologists have found colonies of bacteria balance growth against risk, just like financial investors.
  10. Exposure to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl accident had a lasting negative legacy on the area's trees, a study has suggested.

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